Location 7



Most herbaceous plants are grown outside in the open ground of in pots on outside beds but some are brought inside tunnels to encourage rapid growth to increase the number of splits when they are propagated by division.

Perennials: dividing


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The nursery regularly carries out trials to research the best compost types and growing conditions for species of plants. This trial is to investigate the best growing conditions to reduce the instances of root disease in Desfontainia spinosa.


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Many variegated cultivars of plant are grown as they are popular for their interesting foliage colours, but their growth is slower than the green species as they have less chlorophyll in their leaves and so have less ability to photosynthesise.


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Weeds such as willowherb and bittercress are removed from the crop before they seed, but moss is allowed to grow on the compost surface as it prevents weed seed germination and is easy to remove when the plants are sold. Where liverwort becomes a problem however the pots are covered with chipped bark which reduces liverwort growth.


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A typical wholesale nursery poly tunnel in full production.


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All trays labelled and dated.


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Trays are placed on layers of sand, which is able to retain moisture, watering is by an overhead system. Placing the trays on sand allows root development to continue unheeded, should it escape the base of the pot.


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The larger the plant, the older the plant – the bigger the pot.


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